Not everyone is equal and not everyone is going to behave the same.
As we interact with our rabbit we will learn and find out how he is.
Depending on the breed you acquire, it will be more restless (toy) or quieter (belier).
First of all we have to know that rabbits are shy animals that we have to gradually gain their trust by making them understand that we are their friend, not someone dangerous who wants to harm them.
He thinks that the first time he comes home for him is all unknown, he will not go to your arms directly.
- We should approach the cage little by little and always with some of their food in hand. Through the bars we will gently call you by name by reaching into the food with each other so that it will approach.
- Once the animal comes to you and eats it from your hand try to do it with the cage door open. He will gradually become more confident with you until he already knows and associates that this is not dangerous for him. Therefore, he looks for a place in the house where he cannot get into inaccessible places.
- When you have your rabbit's cage open and when he calls, he approaches you, you cannot stand because you would scare him, you must sit on the floor and wait for him to leave, (you must have the cage on the ground not above nowhere)
- Let him investigate the room without danger or hiding problems, do not run to take him, let him be the one who comes to you, as long as he has food in his hand. Sooner or later he will come, give yourself the time you need, rabbits are animals Very curious like to investigate everything new they don't know.
- When approaching you, do not touch him, try to repress him, because when he approaches he will begin to sniff you. Sniffing is more important than sight for them.
He has to know your body odor to associate as a friend.
At that same moment, when you are slowly going to offer him food, let him eat calmly from your hand without making sudden movements, this is very important because in some sudden movement he can be scared.
Your friend will gradually consider you to be part of his life.
Do not be surprised that when sexual maturity comes to you, it is more vulgar with you, more rebellious and destructive, it is the hormones that is when you should consider castration or sterilization.
He also tries to provide toys that distract him, cardboard boxes without ink, old sheets to lie on, he will condition them to his liking.
It may bite you furniture, the wall, this is because he needs to wear his incisors there he is not to blame you should give him branches of fruit trees, make him eat more hay. (See feed)
Like us humans, they get angry, they want to pamper themselves, to be alone, to get attention ...
What we can never confuse is the invitation that our rabbit gives us to touch him, he will bend the front of the body and the head, this will never do if he is angry. We can start by touching their head, caressing the back of the ears and jaw.
Some will rest their heads on us to show that they love you. If we repeatedly put our hand under his mouth to lick us, some will do it to show affection but others will be offended and possibly growl at us as a warning or even bite us.
Few like to touch their belly or hind legs, although there are some cases that they like.
If we do not like what we do we will notice it because it will leave our side.
When you don't feel like we bother you what you usually do when you see our hand or if we call you, you will turn your back on us.
When we call him we will know that he is paying attention to us if he turns his head in such a way that he looks at us as if from the side.
They can teach us to caress them where they like the most since the animal will rotate the body so that our hand is getting closer to the desired area.
WHEN YOU ARE AFRAID OR ANGRY
It is easy to realize because breathing will be agitated when you are afraid, also your ears will see that you will throw them back.
When he is scared or very angry he will kick the ground with his hind legs, turn his back on you and even walk away from you.
Sometimes you can hear him make a noise similar to that of a pig, that's when he growls at you. It is very useful to be able to recognize the difference between restless and angry. Rabbits express their anger using their ears, the posture they adopt, and their tail.
WHEN IT IS RELAXED
Usually, the more stretched and lying he is, the rabbit is indicating that he is relaxed and comfortable since in this position it would be quite difficult for him to run away.
Sometimes rabbits often indicate their appreciation by gently moving their teeth (grinding), which we can notice, hear and feel sometimes through their skull.
WHEN THE NOSE MOVES
Rabbits are almost always moving their nose, this does not mean they are smelling or need it to breathe.
With it we could measure the degree of interest of a rabbit, the faster the movement, the animal will be more attentive to what is attracting its attention.
When your nose moves very slowly it means you are calm, relaxed.
If we approach to do something around where the animal is, we will see that its nose will start to go faster and even if we talk to it we will also see how it turns or lifts its ears to pay attention to us.
If you get scared and prepared for flight, you will usually stop moving it. To reassure them, we can speak very softly and see how his nose moves very slowly.
WHEN YOU MARK YOUR TERRITORY
Some are more territorial than others, but many rabbits will get angry if we break into what their territory (the cage) is for him, especially if they are inside. If you try, you will probably see how he kicks the ground and can even bite us. If we need access to his cage and your rabbit does not consent it is best to do it when it is out.
If you notice that the rabbit rubs his chin against things it is because he is marking them as his. Rabbits have odor glands under their chins that they use to mark the territory and the objects that are theirs. We can't smell it, and it doesn't stain either. There are rabbits that can even mark us.
Male unsterilized rabbits will also spray urine to mark the territory. To stop this behavior the only solution is sterilization.
WHEN YOU ARE BORED OR SICK
If the animal is quieter than usual, it eats and drinks much less, it ignores us when we approach to see it, etc. It will indicate that there is a problem. If we think it may be because he is sad we will try to play with him to try to cheer him up or let him go for a walk, but if the animal still does not move we should go to our veterinarian to help us.
WHEN YOU WANT TO CALL OUR ATTENTION
Rabbits will also ask us for things. If he sits at the door of the cage (closed) and looking at us this means that he wants something, it can be simply a caress, that we let him out of the cage or that he wants food. Sometimes they bite the bars of the door of their cage making noise to ask us.
He will approach when he wants to be caressed by putting his head under our hand.
More than a request is an order for them that is why rabbits that are very dominant can growl or take small bites if they are ignored.
Some very aggressive rabbits may bite to establish and demonstrate their domination. In case you suddenly start to bite we will have to take the habit or they will become dominant and they may get used to biting to ask for things.
WHEN YOU ARE HAPPY
One of the behaviors that show us the greatest happiness in our rabbits is when you let him loose at home and he starts running making spikes by digging his front legs and releasing the backs, they do it very often and it is very funny to see them.
When a rabbit is happy it will lift its ears and move them forward. If the tail is raised, it shows enthusiasm.
Having respect for your rabbit will help a lot in the training phase. Not all rabbits enjoy being petted, but some enjoy it so much that it can be a stronger incentive than food. Spend as much time as you can to your pet and attend to their basic needs, so he will feel comfortable and comfortable in your home.
Make sure your rabbit knows who is in charge. There is a possibility that your rabbit wants to dominate the house. You must respect their way of being. You should know that you are the rabbit in charge. The most common way the rabbit will use to impose itself will be to try to bite you or something similar. If this happens, let out a loud scream and place it on the ground, if the rabbit is already on the ground, lift it up and place it out of your way. Do this firmly but gently. When you do this, you don't want the rabbit to fear you or hurt you, you just want to show who is in charge.
Respect your rabbit's independence. Just as the rabbit cannot rule the house, you must not impose your will on his. Don't make him do things he doesn't want to do. If he screams or writhes, let him go. Do not give your rabbit reasons to rebel or to think that you are his enemy.
Understand what motivates your rabbit. This means that a negative reinforcement, such as hitting them with your hand or screaming, will not achieve anything positive. Rabbits are very intelligent and willing to respond to the incentives we give them. These incentives, used correctly, will get your rabbit to respond properly.
Spend a lot of time training. For best results, you should spend at least 30 minutes, and in the best case an hour or two each day to train your rabbit. You only need one week. You will begin to see the first results on the first day.
Place your training in the area and situation in which you want the behavior you want to happen. For example. If you want to teach your rabbit to jump in your lap when you call him, first, place him on the couch. If you want to teach him to go to his cage at night, train him around the appropriate time and make sure his cage is in the position he is normally in.
Give him a prize every time he does what you ask. If you want to teach your rabbit to come when you call him, start training him to be close to you. When it comes, reward it. Be consistent, make sure you know why you are receiving an award. Always use the same orders as: sit up, like this, your rabbit will learn to recognize your requests and associate them with those words precisely to get his prize.
Keep providing the prizes until your rabbit responds correctly each time. When you try to teach him something new, don't skimp on rewards. Make sure you are conditioning your rabbit correctly.
Gradually withdraw inventives. Once your rabbit knows its way, begin to gradually reduce the incentives. Alternate the prizes, when you do something right, give it a prize once yes and not once. Finally you will not need to give any incentive. Then, reward him by stroking him and only use food to reinforce the skill.
Reinforce training when necessary. From time to time your rabbit will need to relearn what has already been taught. This means you'll have to give him food incentives again, don't worry about doing it.
TEACH YOU TO USE YOUR TRAY
By nature, rabbits choose one or more places (usually corners) to meet their needs. One way for the rabbit to identify that the tray is the place where it needs to be done is through the smell.
When we take the rabbit out of the cage at home we will see that he does his needs wherever he wants, but there will always be a place where he does it the most. That's where you have to put a tray to go. Stool we find out of the tray stool we will put in it. The pee is cleaned with a cleenex and we put it in the tray too. So little by little you will associate where you should go to do your needs.
We must wash the place where the rabbit has urinated with vinegar if we do not want him to do it again there. So with the smell the rabbit will hate it and will not try again, but there are cases in which the rabbit does it again. As we know, just bring the rabbit must have all the cage prepared and the tray or corner with substrate.
The more mature rabbits are easier to get used to than the younger rabbits, especially the rabbits. As they grow, the ability of rabbits to learn increases. If you have a gazapo, don't despair, with patience you will get it.
First of all, sit on the floor with your legs straight, when you are going to try this the rabbit has to be calm since you are going to put him on his back and if he is nervous you will not be able to.
If you see that he is very nervous, put him on your legs upside down stroking him to relax him, you will see that his breathing is getting slower, that's when you should start.
When you see that he is calm and relaxed you should take him in his arms upside down, either by putting him on top of your legs or catching him like a baby
When you have your face up you have to start stroking the whole body, starting with the head, his ears, the eye area, his nose, his mouth, chin, down the neck, his front legs, his chest, gut, hind legs. You will see how little by little he lets himself be done, at that moment he is in total relaxation.
When you put the rabbit in a trance, you will notice that with great relaxation his head falls, his mouth opens, he will even stop moving his nose.
Sometimes it may seem that the rabbit is in a trance, but you are going to touch him and wake up abruptly, that is because he was not in a deep trance.
Try the first steps to get it completely, even when you get it you can enjoy it as much time as you want.
You should never wake him from that trance with an abrupt movement, he is not asleep, just relaxed, so if we have him in his arms, we will gradually incorporate him until he opens his eyes and leans on the floor.
Maybe then I am somewhat bewildered, let's leave him alone, they alone return to normal.
Over time you will notice that it is easier for you to put your rabbit on its back and that it enters more easily in a trance, that is because he knows that every time you take it in this way he will be at ease.
If you see that he likes it, you can also practice this trick for simple pleasure for him, to relax him and establish more contact with your pet.
Sometimes, after the trance, the rabbit chases his master (or that person who has left him in a trance), this behavior also occurs in people who have been hypnotized, feel an attraction to the hypnotist and do not know why.
Rabbits are animals shy and somewhat distrustful, so it can take several months until they get used to our presence. In fact, some may never do so if they have had a truly traumatic experience in the past. However, a rabbit that is happy in your home will begin to show more frequently certain sounds of rabbits. In this case, the purr is a sound that indicates that he is calm and happy.
Like dogs or cats, rabbits can't resist licking your skin, They love the salty taste! However, licking does not only mean that you are attracted to the taste of our dermis, it also indicates confidence towards your tutor. If your rabbit surprises you on different occasions with delicate licks you can be very happy, he trusts you and is expressing his love. Reward him with a long caressing session so he knows that you love him too.
3. He suddenly lies down
A sign that your rabbit is happy and feel comfortable at home is the Fish flop, a sequence in which the rabbit suddenly lies on one side of the body. Only rabbits that have confidence with their tutors perform this behavior as surprising as it is fun.
4. He stays asleep>
Do you spend time massaging and petting your rabbit? If so, you have probably ever stayed especially relaxed even asleep. Maybe until now you had not given importance, but the truth is that some people come to ask if rabbits sleep, because it is unusual Let them do it near humans with whom they have no confidence. If you have also come to sleep with your rabbit you are very lucky, your rabbit is very comfortable by your side.
5. Seek your attention
Rabbits can express in many ways an attempt to get your attention. Sometimes they try to push you with his tiny snout, rub against you or move slightly near your hand for caresses. All these signals have something in common: they indicate that your rabbit loves you.
If you respond to their demands for affection, be prepared to hear their little teeth grind, as well as a pleasant purr. Can they be more adorable?
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